Israel-Russia relations

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

On Tuesday, December 4th, the bilateral Russian-Israeli intergovernmental economic committee will meet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. The committee is headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. The committee meets once a year, alternately in Jerusalem and in Moscow, to discuss current economic issues that concern the two countries, with the aim of continuing the fruitful cooperation between them.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides will sign a number of agreements, including a “roaming” agreement which will make it possible to lower the rates for cell phone users from both countries who are in the other country. This agreement was initiated by the Israeli embassy in the Russian Federation. Also to be signed are a framework agreement for cooperation in the field of tourism and a joint announcement on the opening of negotiations between the sides towards a free trade zone agreement.

On Monday (3 December), joint working groups met to discuss: trade, research and development, energy, space, social welfare and security, tourism, and agriculture.